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Dawn of the Dead (2004)

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Dawn of the Dead
Dawn of the dead poster.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Zack Snyder
Release Date 2004
Language English
Studio Strike Entertainment
New Amsterdam Entertainment
Distributor Universal Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Ana Clark Sarah Polley
Kenneth Ving Rhames
Michael Jake Weber
Andre Mekhi Phifer
C.J. Michael Kelly
Tucker Boyd Banks
Terry Kevin Zegers
Norma Jayne Eastwood
Steve Ty Burrell
Andy Bruce Bohne

Dawn of the Dead is the 2004 remake of the 1978 George Romero horror classic of the same name. Directed by Zack Snyder, the film follows a group of survivors who take refuge in a shopping mall following a virus outbreak that have turned infected humans into cannibalistic zombies. The film's cast includes Sarah Polley, Ving Rhames, Michael Kelly, Mekhi Phifer, and Jake Weber.

The following weapons were used in the film Dawn of the Dead:



Beretta 92FS Inox

Andre (Mekhi Phifer) uses a Beretta 92FS Inox as his weapon of choice. This gun is also used by other characters, mainly CJ (Michael Kelly) when he clears out the lower level of the mall of any zombies. Kenneth (Ving Rhames) also gets a hold of this weapon when he disarms CJ and holds it on him during the argument on the rooftop of the mall. Steve (Ty Burrell) can also be seen with a Beretta 92FS Inox with blued components (trigger, hammer, safety, disassembly latch, and slide release) when he gets out of the crashed bus, a continuity error is seen when the referred parts are stainless when he checks the gun's load.

Beretta 92FS Inox - 9x19mm
Andre (Mekhi Phifer) uses a Beretta 92FS Inox against the zombies.
Andre firing his Beretta 92FS Inox at an approaching zombie.
Andre taunts a zombie behind shatterproof glass with his 92FS Inox in hand.
CJ kills a zombie with Andre's Beretta.
CJ (Michael Kelly) holds Andre's Beretta Inox on Terry (Kevin Zegers) during the argument on the rooftop.
A very good shot of the Beretta Inox wielded by CJ as he threatens Terry.
Kenneth holds the Beretta 92FS Inox on CJ after taking it away from him.
Andre's Beretta Inox locks empty while holding off some zombies.
Andre with his Beretta in a promotional photo.
The Beretta is fired by Andre (Mekhi Phifer) during his confrontation.
Close-up of Andre's 92FS Inox during his confrontation with Norma (Jayne Eastwood). "Stainless" can clearly be seen underneath the front of the barrel.
Steve picks up a Beretta 92FS Inox after the bus he's in crashes. Notice how the trigger, hammer, safety, disassembly latch, and slide release are blued.
And now those parts are stainless when Steve checks the load.
Steve (Ty Burrell) raises the Beretta.

Beretta 92FS

While the survivors are loading up at the gun store, a Beretta 92FS is among the weapons to be taken.

Beretta 92FS - 9x19mm
A Beretta 92FS and a Glock 36 on a counter.

Glock 21

After the survivors load up at the gun store, several Glock 21 pistols are acquired and seen afterwards first with CJ (Michael Kelly) handing a pair of pistols to a wounded Tucker (Boyd Banks) to fight off the zombies chasing them in the sewers while they make their way back to the mall. CJ also uses a Glock 21 pistol as his new sidearm to take down several zombies and also to explode a propane tank while at the docks so that the zombies can't reach the remaining survivors.

Glock 21 - .45 ACP
Close-up of CJ's Glock 21 being fired. The muzzle flash indicates that this is an authentic blank-firing weapon.
CJ fires his Glock 21 at a zombie in the stairwell. The Glock seen here is a Non Gun.
The telltale "poof" of smoke indicates the Non Gun.
CJ (Michael Kelly) firing his Glock while in the bus.
CJ uses his Glock to hold off the zombies. This shot shows the slide reads ".45 Auto", definitely making it a 21 model.
A magazine drops out of CJ's Glock, ".45" can be seen engraved at the top of the magazine, this also confirms the model of the gun is a Glock 21 chambered in .45 ACP.
CJ uses his Glock 21 to ignite a flare before shooting a propane tank, causing the bus he's in to explode. Trivia note: Michael Kelly did actually ignite the flare by firing the blank gun close to it, something the crew did not expect to happen on the first take.

Heckler & Koch USP

When Kenneth (Ving Rhames), CJ (Michael Kelly), Terry (Kevin Zegers), and Michael (Jake Weber) enter Andy's gun store to rescue Nicole (Lindy Booth), they find an unloaded Heckler & Koch USP lying on the bloody floor. This is presumed to be the gun Andy was using to fend off zombies while letting the dog Chips, outfitted with food, through a doggy door before being bitten and infected by a zombie. The USP pistol is also seen in the hands of Michael at the end of the film.

Heckler & Koch USP - 9x19mm
Andy (Bruce Bohne) with the USP pistol as seen through Kenneth's binoculars.
Andy's unloaded USP is seen on the bloody floor inside the gun shop.
The USP is seen in the hand of Michael (Jake Weber) while he stands on the dock.

Colt M1911A1

At the beginning of the film when the zombie outbreak first starts, one of Ana's neighbors can be seen with a Colt M1911A1 pistol and threatening her to stay back before he is hit by an out of control ambulance.

Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP
Ana's neighbor with a Colt M1911A1 pistol.

SIG-Sauer P229

When the survivors are loading up at the gun store, a SIG-Sauer P229 pistol is seen being taken off the counter.

SIG-Sauer P229 - 9x19mm
A SIG-Sauer P229 on the counter.

Star Model B

Ana and Michael are seen watching the movie Animal House where Kent "Flounder" Dorfman (Stephen Furst) fires a Star Model B loaded with blanks in order to take care of Neidermeyer's horse.

Star Model B with blue finish - 9x19mm
The scene from Animal House where Flounder uses the pistol.


Smith & Wesson Model 27

Two of the mall's security guards are seen with Smith & Wesson revolvers, with CJ (Michael Kelly) carrying a Smith & Wesson Model 27 .357 Magnum as his duty sidearm during his initial standoff with the other survivors until he replaces it for Andre's Beretta 92FS Inox and the revolver is given to Bart (Michael Barry) to replace his Smith & Wesson Model 13. After a struggle ensues between the survivors that are currently in the mall and the former security guards on whether or not to let more survivors into the mall with CJ threatening to kill everyone to stay alive, when he and Bart get distracted, the survivors disarm both CJ and Bart on the rooftop, with Michael (Jake Weber) making the Smith & Wesson Model 27 revolver as his sidearm for a majority of the film until arriving at Andy's gun store. The revolver is also seen in the hands of Terry (Kevin Zegers) later in the film.

Smith & Wesson Model 27 with 4" barrel - .357 Magnum
CJ (Michael Kelly) with a Smith & Wesson Model 27 and Bart (Michael Barry) with a Smith & Wesson Model 13.
Michael (Jake Weber) fires the Smith & Wesson Model 27 revolver at the approaching zombies.
The Model 27 lying on a counter just before Michael picks it up. This appears to be a replica.
The Model 27 revolver is seen in the hands of Terry (Kevin Zegers).
While in the gun store, Michael (Jake Weber) wields the Model 27 revolver along with a flashlight.
On the right, the revolver is held by Michael (Jake Weber).

Smith & Wesson Model 13

Mall security guard Bart (Michael Barry) carries a Smith & Wesson Model 13 revolver as his duty sidearm before replacing it for CJ's Smith & Wesson Model 27. Terry (Kevin Zegers) is also seen with the Smith & Wesson Model 13 throughout the film given by Bart to assist guarding the new survivors. Because Terry is a trainee guard, he isn't issued a duty gun belt and has the revolver tucked in the back of his waistband. Upon arrival at Andy's gun store, Terry claims he needs .38 Special rounds, implying it's supposed to be a Smith & Wesson Model 10HB.

Smith & Wesson Model 13 with 4-inch barrel - .357 Magnum
CJ (Michael Kelly) with a Smith & Wesson Model 27 and Bart (Michael Barry) with a Smith & Wesson Model 13.
Bart (Michael Barry) with the Smith & Wesson Model 13. In the background, CJ (Michael Kelly) wields the Smith & Wesson Model 27.
Terry (Kevin Zegers) draws his Smith & Wesson Model 13.

Smith & Wesson Model 66 (Snub Nose)

Norma (Jayne Eastwood) uses a Smith & Wesson Model 66 snub-nose revolver as her sidearm. The revolver is also used by CJ (Michael Kelly) during the rescue mission to pick up Nicole (Lindy Booth) at Andy's gun shop and finally carried by Ana (Sarah Polley) as her sidearm when the survivors go to downtown.

Smith & Wesson Model 66 with 2.5" barrel (snub-nose) - .357 Magnum
Norma (Jayne Eastwood) holds a stainless Smith & Wesson Model 66 Snub Nose as she and Tucker (Boyd Banks) are atop a truck.
Norma (Jayne Eastwood) draws her Smith & Wesson Model 66 Snub Nose during a confrontation.
Close-up of Norma's Smith & Wesson Model 66 Snub Nose.
CJ uses Norma's Model 66 Snub Nose to fire at incoming zombies outside Andy's Gun Works.
Ana (Sarah Polley) fires the Model 66 Snub Nose at the docks.

Smith & Wesson Revolver "Non Gun"

During the fight to the gun store, CJ's hand is seen using a Smith & Wesson Model 66 "Non Gun" against a zombie at close range, temporarily replacing the Smith & Wesson Model 66 acquired from Norma. Later, while the survivors make their escape out of Milwaukee, Ana (Sarah Polley) uses the "Non Gun", also temporarily replacing the Smith & Wesson Model 66, to put a bullet into the head of a zombified Steve (Ty Burrell). This "Non Gun" was used because Polley was close to Burrell when shooting this scene, and at such close range, blanks can be considered unsafe, so a "non gun" was used. The Smith & Wesson Model 27 is replaced by a 6-inch "Non Gun" revolver used by Monica (Kim Poirier) in the bus scene.

Revolver Non Gun commonly used to impersonate snub-nose or short-barreled Smith & Wesson K-frame revolvers.
CJ's Smith & Wesson Model 66 acquired from Norma temporarily turns into the "Non Gun" when killing a zombie at the BP truck.
Ana fires the Smith & Wesson "Non Gun".
The Non Gun gives off the telltale "poof" of smoke.
Promotional image gives a good view of the "Non Gun".
Revolver Non Gun built to look like a S&W 27/28 revolver. The one used in the film has a 6-inch barrel.
Monica fires the Non Gun. Note the cylinder does not rotate during the shot.
Monica (Kim Poirier) fires the Non Gun. Note the screws on the frame are clearly visible.


Remington 870 (Police Magnum)

Kenneth (Ving Rhames) uses a police-issued Remington 870 shotgun fitted with a Surefire flashlight on the forend as his signature weapon. He uses it for most of the film until the survivors go to rescue Nicole (Lindy Booth). The gun is also briefly used by Ana (Sarah Polley) to incapacitate the undead Ben Cozine early on in the film.

Remington 870 Police Magnum Riot shotgun with Model 618 Surefire flashlight - 12 Gauge. This is the version used in the film.
Kenneth (Ving Rhames) carrying his Remington 870.
A close-up of Kenneth's Remington 870.
Kenneth shoots a lock off a door with his 870.
Kenneth points his 870 at a zombie attacking Luda (Inna Korobkina).
Kenneth's Remington 870 on the floor while he fights with a zombie in the mall's fountain.
Ana (Sarah Polley) fires Kenneth's Remington 870 at a zombie.
Kenneth fires his Police 870 while fighting toward the BP truck.
Clear (and final) view of Kenneth's Police 870. Note the placement of the pump on the length of the magazine, as well as the length of the barrel.

Remington 870 (Express Tactical)

During the dash to the truck, Kenneth's Police 870 turns into an Express Tactical model (as evidenced by the factory-extended 7-shot tube) with the same Surefire flashlight combination forend. This weapon is seen when it is taken from Kenneth by encroaching zombies and more clearly in the extended version in a removed sequence of Kenneth shooting a zombie in the head at close range.

Remington 870 Express Tactical with synthetic furniture and factory-extended 7-shot tube - 12 Gauge
Kenneth struggles to level the weapon at the zombie. Notice the length of the tube in relation to the muzzle and the lens of the Surefire forend.
Kenneth fires; the tube length is still slightly discernible here.
Kenneth lets his weapon get ripped away to save himself. The tube length is still extended, and we can also see that it is not an aftermarket extension accessory but a solid factory extension, thereby proving that this is a completely different gun than the one seen previous to this. However, because it retains the original hero gun's Surefire forend, the original must have been on hand to be able to dress the Express Tactical to resemble it. Regardless, it is clear that the original was indeed replaced with this one for unknown reasons during the filming of this short sequence.

Customized Remington 870

After the survivors rescue Nicole (Lindy Booth) and load up at the gun store, Kenneth (Ving Rhames) packs a customized Remington 870 shotgun fitted with an extended magazine tube and Mossberg-style Ghost Ring sights (this is possible since some parts are easily swapped between Remington 870 and Mossberg 500 series shotguns) and uses it while the remaining survivors make their escape out of Milwaukee. Kenneth most notably uses this shotgun on a zombified Andy (Bruce Bohne). Ving Rhames also knows how to use the weapon effectively, because he doesn't flinch excessively and whenever he isn't firing, he demonstrates the excellent trigger discipline of a Marine.

Custom Remington 870 combat shotgun with extended magazine tube and Mossberg Ghost Ring sights - 12 Gauge. Identical configuration to the shotgun in the film: This weapon was assembled and built specially for IMFDB by MoviePropMaster2008.
Kenneth with the newly-acquired Custom Remington 870.
Kenneth with his Custom 870 in the gun store.
Kenneth fires his Custom 870.
Close-up of the ejection port on Kenneth's Custom 870.
Kenneth gets out of the bus with his Remington 870 in hand.
Kenneth fires his Custom Remington 870 at the docks.

Remington 870 (Non Gun)

When escaping from the gun store, Tucker's shotgun appears to switch from a Mossberg 500 Cruiser to a short Remington 870 Non Gun version.

Short-barreled Remington 870 "Non Gun"
Tucker (Boyd Banks) fires his Remington 870 Non Gun.
The Non Gun gives off the telltale "poof" of smoke.

Mossberg 500 Cruiser

Tucker (Boyd Banks), one of the survivors, has a Mossberg 500 Cruiser with a pistol grip. This weapon is also used by Michael (Jake Weber) and CJ (Michael Kelly).

Mossberg 500 Cruiser - 12 Gauge
Tucker (Boyd Banks) fires a Mossberg 500 Cruiser as he and Norma (Jayne Eastwood) are atop a truck.
Kenneth turns off the safety on the Mossberg 500 Cruiser while it is in Michael's possession.

Franchi PA8

When the survivors load up at Andy's (Bruce Bohne) gun store, CJ (Michael Kelly) arms himself with a Franchi PA8 with a factory folding stock and high-capacity magazine tube, and uses it while they make their escape out of Milwaukee. From the report of the gun and the look of the wounds it inflicts, it seems he is using rifled slugs.

Franchi PA8 - 12 Gauge
A Franchi PA8 with folding stock and high-capacity magazine tube on a gun rack.
CJ unloads several 12 Ga. shotgun shells into a horde of zombies.


Winchester Model 70

Andy (Bruce Bohne), the owner of the gun store across the street, is armed with what appears to be a Winchester Model 70 fitted in a camouflage-painted stock with a folding bipod which he uses to play "Hollywood Squares" with the other survivors stranded in the mall on the other side of the street in which Kenneth (Ving Rhames) shows Andy a celebrity's name on a dry erase board, and Andy puts a bullet in the zombie look-a-like's head. CJ (Michael Kelly) later uses Andy's rifle to explode a propane tank to clear a path to the sewers for the other survivors.

Winchester Model 70 with a Realtree camouflage paint scheme - .30-06 Springfield
Andy (Bruce Bohne) with the sniper rifle as seen through Kenneth's binoculars.
CJ about to fire the rifle.
Close-up of the trigger guard as CJ fires the rifle. Note the bolt action is consistent with the Winchester.
CJ holds the rifle after blowing up the propane tank.

Heckler & Koch G36

In the opening credits during one of the news broadcasts, a UN soldier in Istanbul can be seen firing a Heckler & Koch G36 assault rifle (fitted with a G36C-style carry handle) before being overwhelmed by zombies.

Heckler & Koch G36 - 5.56x45mm
During the opening credits, pixelated news footage shows a UN soldier in Istanbul firing a Heckler & Koch G36.

Colt M16A2

News footage shows US soldiers with the M16A2 rifle.

M16A2 Rifle - 5.56x45mm. Select-Fire rifle (Safe/Semi/3-round Burst Only).
News footage shows a US soldier with the M16A2 rifle.

Colt M4A1 Carbine

During the opening credits, U.S. soldiers at the US Capitol use M4A1 Carbines with what appears to be Aimpoint CompM2 M68 red-dot CCO scopes to open fire at the zombies.

Colt M4A1 Carbine with Aimpoint CompM2 reflex optic, Knight's Armament RAS railed handguard and vertical foregrip - 5.56x45mm
During the opening credit sequence, the U.S. soldier on the right is seen firing what's likely an M4A1 Carbine. The soldier with the machine gun (cameo by director Zack Snyder) can be seen with one slung across his back.

Machine Guns

Daewoo K3

In the opening credits during one of the various news broadcasts, a U.S. soldier (cameo by director Zack Snyder) can be seen firing a short-barreled Daewoo K3 with rail forearm, heat shield, vertical foregrip, rail-mounted rear sight, and paratrooper-style collapsible stock at the zombies in front of the US Capitol. The Daewoo K3 is likely supposed to be standing in for the M249 SAW Paratrooper.

Daewoo K3 Paratrooper - 5.56x45mm
Daewoo K3 modified with Paratrooper stock, railed feed tray cover, railed handguard, foregrip, rail-mounted rear sight, and plastic belt box - 5.56x45mm. This is the weapon used in the 2009 film Driven to Kill, shown in the making-of. These modifications are commonly found on K3s in live-action productions.
During the opening credit sequence, pixelated news footage shows a US soldier (played by director Zack Snyder) firing a nigh-unidentifiable machine gun in front of the US Capitol as a Sikorsky MH-53 Pave Low helicopter lands behind the soldiers. Note the tall front sight which looks similar to an M60E4 machine gun in the blurry footage.
A behind-the-scenes photo showing Snyder with the machine gun. Originally, it was thought this weapon was an M60E4 given the base look on the tall M60E4-like front sight, but based on the grip style, the carry handle, the box magazine, and the front sight, this photo shows that it is very clearly a Daewoo K3 that has been customized to perhaps look like an FN M249E3 Paratrooper model. Because filming of Dawn of the Dead mostly took place in Canada, this confirms the access of the Daewoo machine gun.

DVD Special Feature "Andy's Terrifying Last Days Revealed"

An extra featurette on the DVD release features a 'recovered home video' of the gun store owner Andy (Bruce Bohne) and his dealing with the zombie outbreak from (mostly) inside his gun shop. In this featurette, the following firearms are seen -

Heckler & Koch MP5A2

In some scenes, Andy (Bruce Bohne) can be seen carrying around a Heckler & Koch MP5A2 with a Surefire forend weaponlight, but is never seen firing it.

Heckler & Koch MP5A2 with Navy trigger group and Surefire 628 dedicated forend weaponlight - 9x19mm
"Anybody wants to crash this dinner party, they're gonna get some copper-coated candy for dessert!".
Andy with his MP5A2.

Safari Arms .45

In some scenes, Andy (Bruce Bohne) can be seen carrying around a Safari Arms .45 with a Surefire 310R/610R flashlight mounted on.

Safari Arms Matchmaster with wooden grips - .45 ACP
A close-up of Andy's Safari Arms .45 before he goes to get the food sent to him.

SIG-Sauer SSG 3000

In some scenes, Andy (Bruce Bohne) can be seen with what looks like a SIG-Sauer SSG 3000. Although he used a Winchester Model 70 in the film, it's quite possible that it could have been one of the many other guns in Andy's store.

SIG-Sauer SSG 3000 with Harris bipod - 7.62x51mm NATO
A close-up of Andy's SIG-Sauer SSG 3000.
Andy with his SIG-Sauer SSG 3000.

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